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← India: atheism in the land of a thousand gods

Jos Gibbons's Avatar Jump to comment 3 by Jos Gibbons

I have to commend those trying to effect a more vocal atheism in India. It'll do a tremendous amount of good it if works, and not just for atheist Indians, but for Indians in general. I was fascinated by the teaching vs business example in this article since it's interesting to think that, in a religious setting where people feel further compulsions (e.g. feeling compelled to choose vocations their parents recommend), they feel proportionally greater benefits in irreligiosity. The religion-atheism distinction his more nuanced in its sociology than a one-culture perspective might lead us to expect.

Now I've heard it said at least one of the major forms of Hindu thought is atheistic, in which case we'd need to factor that into how we analyse the Indian situation; for example, atheists who claim no religion would be in a very different position from Hindus who concede to being atheistic. But I'd appreciate if anyone who is either Indian or familiar with the situation in India first-hand $ could give us a low-down on just how common such a version of Hinduism really is. Is it, for example, something British Hindus I've met fall back on to defend their religion, but which in truth doesn't reflect how Hindus typically feel when they're a majority in a nation? (For comparison, British Muslims in my experience don't think of their religion as making the same demands Muslims in the Middle East typically imagine.)

$ A scientific or statistical analysis on the matter would if anything be even better, I suppose.

Sun, 12 Jun 2011 22:17:47 UTC | #637705